Following Frank Turner's victory on BBC 1's Celebrity Mastermind on Friday, Kerrang! chatted to the boffin himself about what it's really like sitting in the Mastermind chair and answering questions on his chosen subject... Iron Maiden! Watch the full episode here and see if you've got what it takes to beat Frank!
CONGRATS ON YOUR MASTERMIND VICTORY, YOU MUST BE FEELING PRETTY SMUG RIGHT NOW...
"Well yeah, thanks. Basically I was a massive nerd when I was a kid. With that in mind, Mastermind was always on my to do list - or rather, my fantasy to do list. It was funny because the first band I ever fell in love with was Maiden and I always said they'd be my specialist subject. So when I was confirmed to do the show, I called up an old friend - actually it was Ben [Dawson] from Mongol Horde and Million Dead - to tell him about it and without me telling him he just said 'you're doing Maiden, right?' So it was very predictable me."
STILL, YOU CAN'T HAVE EVER REALLY EXPECTED TO ACTUALLY GO ON THE SHOW, LET ALONE WIN...
"Yeah I know, it's one of those things and I've had a few of them in recent years where I never realistically expected to do any of them, but when it comes along, my attitude is, 'fuck it, why not?' and also, it's a chance to raise some money for charity."
WHAT WAS YOUR CHARITY?
"Shelter. I've been doing quite a lot for them recently. They had a Christmas campaign I'd been involved in so it's nice that I've managed to get them a chunk of change."
AH, SO IT WASN'T JUST FOR THE EGO AND THE BRAGGING POINTS?
"Well no, totally though it definitely didn't hurt the ego! It was nice to know I was doing it for a good reason."
DID YOU EVER WORRY ABOUT GOING ON AND FREEZING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS?
"Oh man, totally. On the show, at the end of the first round, I was actually coming third and I was sitting there thinking, 'fuck this, I am not going to lose this'. So I got quite, sort of, aggressive about it, in my head. I seemed more bothered about it than any of the other contestants on the show. They were all a bit more like, have fun with it. So I was probably more at a disadvantage because I'd got myself so amped up, nervous and psyched out about it and they were all like, whatever."
STILL, YOU MUST HAVE FELT OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE ON TV WITHOUT YOUR GUITAR, SPECIALIST SUBJECT OR NOT...
"Well yeah, I was way out of my comfort zone and the Mastermind chair itself and the setting and everything is very intimidating. A couple of the questions I got wrong, people have come up to me and been all like, 'oh my God that was so easy, how did you not know that?' but you know what man, when you're sitting there under the light, in that chair with the cameras rolling and John Humphries shouting at you, it's not quite so simple."
DID YOU SWOT UP TO PREPARE FOR IT?
"I did tons of revision for the Maiden round but for general knowledge, I'm not really sure if you can. I am kicking myself about one or two of the things I got wrong but that said, I am comfortable about sport being one of the things in life that's not my strong point. I've never known anything about sport and probably never will. It's just not my thing."
HOW DID IT ALL COME ABOUT?
"It was actually all through Shelter. They had been working with the people at Mastermind, so I came in from that angle thanks to my previous work with them. It was quite funny actually - they sent me the email, 'just on the off chance this might be something that would interest you' and my reaction was 'FUCK YES!' so I jumped at the chance at it."
INTERVIEW: Dave McLaughlin
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